Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Sonata No. 18 in D major ("Trumpet", "Hunt"), K. 576

    Description by James Manheim

    Pity the pianist who relies on Mozart's designation of K. 576 as a "leichte Klaviersonate" -- an easy piano sonata. The work was written in 1789, shortly after the composer's return from a largely unsuccessful concert tour of Potsdam, Leipzig, and finally, Berlin, where the sonata may have been aimed at a princess at the Prussian court. Little came of Mozart's journey in the way of fresh commissions, and small wonder: some have suggested that this D major sonata is actually the most difficult of the composer's 18 in technical terms. The technical problems come not in the sprightly thematic material, but in its thoroughly contrapuntal treatment, perhaps inspired by Mozart's visit to Leipzig and his reacquaintance with the dormant but still enormously influential masterpieces of J.S. Bach. The sonata has three movements in the usual fast-slow-fast configuration. The first movement, an Allegro in a jaunty 6/8 time, abounds with imitative entrances that, taken individually, might have come from Bach inventions, but they resolve themselves into chordally accompanied scale material; the music never loses its graceful, Classical flow. This sonata, owing to its horn-call opening, has sometimes been given the nicknames of "Trumpet" or "Hunt," and the work's basic intellectual attraction is established at the outset when this stereotypical figure is unexpectedly subjected to imitation. The second subject area of the exposition is extracted from the opening material in a way Haydn would have been proud of, and the development section is an especially dense contrapuntal essay. The Adagio middle movement, in A major, is a limpid melody gently darkened by chromatic runs, and the Allegretto finale, nearly as contrapuntal as the first movement, sandwiches forte, chromatic, and virtuosic treatments of its main material between the seemingly meek statements of that material that mark off the movement's basic divisions. This was Mozart's last piano sonata, and it perennially appeals both to pianists seeking a Mozartean challenge and to those interested in the point of counterpoint in Mozart's late works.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Allegro
    2. Adagio
    3. Allegretto

    Appears On

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    2018 Steinway & Sons STNS 30068
    2018 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler PH 18026
    2018 ArcoDiva UP 0205
    2018 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler PH 18050
    2018 Oehms Classics OC 017
    2017 Decca / Eloquence ELQ 4826291
    2016 Decca 4824476
    2016 Sony Classical 88843071652
    2016 Deutsche Grammophon
    2016 Deutsche Grammophon 4795978
    2016 Warner Classics 0825646942060
    2016 Harmonia Mundi HMU 90753233
    2015 Sony Classical 88875032222
    2015 Audite AUDITE 95720
    2015 Sony Classical 88875051802
    2015 Hyperion CDA 68029
    2015 La Dolce Volta LDV 19
    2015 Wigmore Hall Live WHLCD 0078
    2015 eOne EOMCD 7758
    2015 Deutsche Grammophon 4822418
    2014 Deutsche Grammophon
    2014 Albany Music Distribution TROY 1492
    2014 Doremi Records DHR 8024
    2014 Gramola 98990
    2014 Deutsche Grammophon 4793622
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    2014 Erato 2564624223
    2014 APR (Appian) APR 7305
    2013 Music & Arts CD 1274
    2013 Honens 200603CD
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    2013 Decca 4785093
    2012 CAG 5638090314
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